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Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Drug Disposal

Q. How should a pharmacy dispose of drugs, both non-controlled medications & controlled substances?

A. Completing the Drug Disposal Form:

1. Community/retail pharmacies are to use this form for controlled or non-controlled medications; however, when listing controlled substances, a separate form(s) must be used. Do not combine controlled and non-controlled medications. Hospitals, clinics and nursing homes (see #4) may use this form for non-controlled medications only. Duplicate/multiple forms are permitted. These forms shall be retained by the pharmacy for a period of three (3) years.
2.  Complete sections A, B, C, D, and E of each form used and return to the Board office for approval of witnesses and method of disposal. Complete electronically and submit by email using the button above or print and mail completed form to:

NC Board of Pharmacy
Attention: Investigations & Inspections
6015 Farrington Road, Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

The Board will review and mail back an approved copy to you.
3.  When approved, the form will be returned to the permit holder for completion of section F and disposal of the drugs indicated.
4.  Contact the NC Department of Health & Human Services, Drug Control Unit at (919) 733-1765 for disposal or destruction of controlled substance medications in:

- Hospitals
- Nursing homes that are skilled facilities with a ten (10) bed limit. Note: this does not include assisted living facilities.
- Clinics include: EMS, Veterinary clinics, Methadone clinics, weight loss clinics and physician practices with more than one (1) practitioner using common stock of controlled substance medications.


Q. How should a pharmacist advise a patient concerning drug disposal?

A. Please refer to this instruction guide for proper medication disposal.



DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (“DEA”) PROPOSES RULES THAT WOULD ALLOW RETAIL PHARMACIES TO CONDUCT CERTAIN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TAKE-BACK PROGRAMS.  On December 21, 2012, the DEA published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow retail pharmacies to conduct certain controlled substance take-back programs.  The DEA notice may be found here:  Board staff has prepared a short summary of the proposed rule, which may be found here.


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